Nov. 23, 2008

 

Courtesy of Wisconsin

Senior Jessie Vetter had 18 saves to get her fifth shutout of the year and 31st career shutout to break the NCAA record as the Badgers swept New Hampshire (7-3-3, 3-1-2 HE) Saturday afternoon 2-0. Vetter broke New Hampshire goalie Melissa Bourdon's previous 30 career shutout record in 2004-07. Wisconsin (14-0-2, 8-0-2 WCHA) remains unbeaten with the non-conference two-game sweep at the Fort Myers Skatium in Fort Myers, Fla. Senior Erika Lawler and sophomore Hilary Knight scored the Badgers two goals while on the power play.

After the Badgers 8-2 win on Friday night, the third-ranked Wildcats came out ready to play. The first period was scoreless but Wisconsin just barely outshot New Hampshire 7-5.

Wisconsin’s first goal, and eventual game-winner came at the 10:07 mark in the second period. Lawler backhanded the puck past UNH’s Kayley Herman from the bottom of the near circle off a pass from the point. Junior Meghan Duggan and Jasmine Giles were on the assists as Lawler netted her sixth goal of the season.

Knight put the game away in the third period with her 18th goal of the season. From the low slot Knight beat Herman to the top shelf at 14:38. New Hampshire had one final attempt to catch the Badgers when they pulled their goalie just under two minutes. The Badgers defense held strong as the Wildcats came up unsuccessful.

Herman had 19 saves on the game as the Badgers outshot the Wildcats 21-18. Wisconsin went 2-6 on the power play and New Hampshire went 0-7.

Lawler, Knight and Duggan all increased their point-scoring streak to four games after this weekend.

Wisconsin will remain in Fort Myers, Fla. until Sunday where Head Coach Mark Johnson and some UW players will hold a kids clinic at the Skatium. The Badgers will return home next weekend as they host Minnesota State Nov. 28-30 at the Kohl Center..

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Badgers Tromp UNH, 8-2

The top-ranked Wisconsin Badgers snapped their winless streak against New Hampshire in a dominating fashion Friday night at the Fort Myers Skatium in Fort Myers, Fla. Five different Badgers scored as they beat the Wildcats 8-2 in front of the 347 fans that made the trip to the Skatium. With the win the Badgers remain unbeaten and improve to 13-0-2 while the third-ranked Wildcats experienced their second loss of the season.

Meghan Duggan, Carolyne Prevost and Angie Keseley each scored two goals while Erika Lawler and Hilary Knight each put in one.

New Hampshire came out strong in the first period. The Wildcats’ Sam Faber scored an unassisted shorthanded goal a minute and a half into the game. Lawler answered at the 5:17 mark for the first of two Badgers power play goals.

The battle continued as New Hampshire took the lead on a power play goal put in by Kelly Cahill, but
Wisconsin closed out the period on top by scoring two even handed goals. Meghan Duggan scored at 15:33 to tie the game and Angie Keseley at the 16:46 mark to end the first period 3-2.

Wisconsin shut the Wildcats offense down after the first period, allowing them only five shots in the second and third periods. Jessie Vetter saved 12 shots in the win. UNH’s Kayley Herman made 20 saves.

Prevost scored her goals back-to-back in the second period to lift the Badgers 5-2. Duggan scored her second goal to close out the second period.

In the third period, the Wildcats only attempted one shot on goal as the Badgers took seven. Knight scored her first goal of the night followed by a power play goal by Keseley. Knight and Duggan led the team with four points each.

Junior Kyla Sanders contributed one assist as she played in front of her home crowd. Sanders’ father Joe manages the Skatium and her family and friends came out in full support wearing “I love Kyla” shirts.
The Badgers went 2-8 on the power play while the Wildcats finished 1-4. Wisconsin outshot the Wildcats 28-14.

Wisconsin will continue its stay in Fort Myers, Fla. on Saturday to complete the series against New Hampshire. The puck is set to drop at 2:07 (ET). You can watch it by clicking here, or follow live stats. Following the game the Badgers will hold an autograph session for all fans to meet the Badgers. Sunday afternoon Head Coach Mark Johnson will host a kid’s clinic featuring UW players.